Friday, April 25, 2014

Not Who I Want to Be by Glenn Sasscer - REVIEWED

About the Book:
We have a longing and a thirst when we look past our worldly reflection . . . a thirst for something more. God created us in the divine image and likeness, and created a desire within us to be real and genuine. If you look to your inner reflection, are you truly who you want to be?

Being real, genuine, or who God calls us to be is not a destination . . . it is a lifestyle. This lifestyle begins by purposely recognizing the unfiltered and unchecked information stored away and accepted as part of our self-image and deliberately cleaning it out. To do this, we must have a standard for comparison.

Not Who I Want to Be begins by analyzing the external sources of our self-image and how these sources influence our lives. It then works through finding our truth in Scripture and in the example given to us in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus becomes our standard and filter to find a true reflection and what it means to be real and genuine.

My Thoughts:
Rebellion, at some level, seems to be at the root many times.”  (p. 49)

This may seem like a strange place to begin a review, but Glenn Sasscer is addressing the root cause of sin itself.  He pulls apart the fact that the enemy has caused us to believe a lie about who we are – redeemed creations of a living God – and caused us to believe a false image, one that the world has caused to gain strength and blind believers.   Actually Sasscer’s book draws unbelievers into the truth of the gospel.  He challenges and teaches believers to take an honest look at God and His plans for our life.  To be transformed by the truth of God’s Word and see ourselves as God sees us!

If you read this book in its entirety, it is transformational on many levels.  Sasscer’s prayers and guidance to seek God in prayer is phenomenal!  I have actually asked God, as I’ve read, to teach me to pray more effectively.  Once again, God is placing an exclamation mark in my life through Sasscer’s book.  For you see, I’ve been studying a similar line of “training” with my church family for the past 12 weeks!  Isn’t God faithful to teach us His principles and His freedom of living for Him?

If you want a personal, transformational life study, I can recommend Glenn Sasscer’s  Not Who I Want to Be.

About the Author:
GLENN SASSCER is a minister, author, freelance writer, public speaker, and software trainer/consultant. He is ordained in Ohio and Michigan through the Alliance for Renewal Churches. Glenn has published novels, articles in numerous magazines, a religion column in a community newspaper, a Sunday school curriculum, and technical software manuals. He lives in Northwest Ohio with his wife and three teens.

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